Lidl gets early opening go-ahead.
DISCOUNT shoppers in Nuneaton will still be able to hunt down bargains in the early mornings and evenings of Bank Holidays.
Lidl's new store, which is set to open at the former Allan Ford car dealership site in Hinckley Road next year, has been given permission to open earlier and close later on Bank Holidays.
Gemma Hiden, chartered town planner for GVA, on behalf of Lidl, said that permission for longer Bank Holiday opening hours had been requested in the store's original application but it was added in the conditions that it would only be open from 10am until 4pm on Bank Holidays.
She said: "Lidl has always wanted to have opening hours from seven to 10 on Bank Holidays."
Coun Keith Kondakor could not understand why the extra trading hours were needed.
He said: "There's hardly any bank holidays. They are sometimes the only time that people have some quiet family time when they are not rushing around, so I don't understand why we would release these conditions for Lidl.
"Most people are quite happy to have the store but also quite happy to have some time when it's closed."
The town's existing supermarkets Asda in Newtown Road and Aldi in Weddington do not have restricted bank holiday opening hours.
The new store will be open from 7am to 10pm on weekdays, Saturdays, and Bank Holidays and it will also be able to receive deliveries at those times.